tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC April 29, 2017 3:00am-4:01am PDT
d your office and take on whatever comes next. find out how american express cards and services can help prepare you for growth at open.com. >> good evening. >> thank you at home for joining us for the next hour. nice to have you here on a friday night. being a staffer for a member of congress these days means sometimes accepting things that you might just not want to accept. it means accepting physical things that you might not have room to accept. >> we have a letter here for the congressman signed by 1,000 of his constituents from the third congressional action group. >> this was an office visit paid this week to new jersey offense of tom mcarthur, who wrote part of the new version of the republicans' bill to kill affordable care act. his home district constituents calculated that mcarthur's revised version of the health
care bill would throw more than 30,000 people off of health insurance just in that one congressional district and so they came to tom mcarthur's congressional office in his district to tell him what a terrible thing that would be, to try to change his mind on supporting that. and they could not have been nicer when they did that, but they also gave mcarthur's congressional staffers stuff, physical stuff, that the staffers definitely did not want. and that -- i bet they had no idea what to do with once they hauled it back into the back room. >> and we feel that it is a very, very poor representation of the constituents in his district because we do not agree with his actions. >> we will pass this onto him. >> please do. >> we're going to give this all to you, 25 feet of the letter. you can find a nice, big file to put that in. >> will do. >> okay. >> and we also have a gift of 36 balloons, and the 36 balloons,
each balloon represents 1,000 people that will lose coverage under the affordable care act if the amendment is enacted. and it's filled with confetti, each representing the people that will lose conch, so we present this to you. >> okay. we need to take some out. >> here you go. >> that's fine. >> we also have postcards written by our constituents asking you not to repeal obamacare. >> we appreciate you guys coming out today and if you have other comments, feel free to call our office. >> you'll let the congressman know we were here? >> of course. >> they couldn't have been nicer. but think about it for a second, what do you do with unwanted balloons that are filled with confetti? think about that for a second. you can't pop them, right? i mean, what do you -- here's your 36 large balloons, each representing 1,000 of your
constituents that you're going to throw off health care if you do this thing. those tiny pieces of confetti inside the giant balloon. those all represent people. careful with them. oh, no, there's more. no, we have more. there's more coming. here's still some more. congressman tom mcarthur also got marched on by his constituents today in the third district in new jersey. his name tom mcarthur and the mcarthur amendment that's the most identifiable name associated with republicans' latest effort to kill the affordable care act and at home in his district in new jersey, his constituents just went nuts against it. and then last night in the middle of the night republicans once again had to yank that bill. they want to repeal obamacare. they said they could repeal obamacare. they tried and failed once already. they decided they wanted to do it again this week. they would try again this week. they whipped republican votes on it all week long and all day long yesterday.
there are some reports that suggest that whipping republican votes on this thing and building republican support for this thing is the reason mike pence had to come home a day early from his pacific trip. last night they were still holding 11 eleventh-hour meetings to twist enough republican arms to get this obamacare repeal bill passed. they wanted it passed by the 100th day. bloomberg news reports that republicans spent the whole week tinkering with their obamacare plan. hoping to give trump a legislative win in his first 100 days. republican congressional leadership met late into thursday night but they ultimately decided they still didn't have enough support for a vote this week. and so, the affordable care act lives. because people who want to save it, saved it again. that activism worked. republicans have unified republican control of government. they said they would repeal obamacare on day one of the trump administration.
they will not even half repeal obamacare by day 100 of the trump administration. they can't even get close enough to that to get their own members to vote on it in one house where they've got one of the biggest majorities they've had since the 1920s. it's just been a catastrophe for them. and there's no way they can blame democrats in congress for it. they can't even get it passed with the numbers they've got in their own caucuses, which should be fine. the administration has passed zero major legislation, none. their biggest and only legislative achievement in the 100 days that this administration has lived, their biggest and only legislative achievement of any substance came today when they managed to avoid shutting down the government by a matter of hours. to avoid shutting down the government, they did pass a bill today that will fund the government for one week.
ta-da! the government will not axe dejts dentally shut down at a minute after midnight on the president's 100th day in office. that is the big reveal. that's the big 100 days of accomplishment for our new era of unified republican government. all right, everybody. welcome to the dawn of a new unified republican government. feels really good to say that actually. >> it may still feel good, but it did not work out so well. in terms of republicans actually doing anything with unified control of government for these 100 days. at the other end of pennsylvania avenue let's take a moment to remark upon the significant number of administration people who didn't even make it to the first 100 days. a lot of people have remarked this week on how few nominations the new administration has made this far into their time in office. not people who they got confirmed and there's questions about opposition or the validity of the nomination. literally just putting names forward, just suggesting people for jobs.
the george w. bush administration, you might remember, they had an unusually short transition before the start of the first george w. bush term in office. that's because the supreme court didn't decide the bush v. gore election until november. so that's why their transition was wicked short. that's why the george w. bush administration held the previous mod he were record for the fewest names put forward by this time in the new administration. but the trump folks have beaten that record for the fewest nominations made. the bush folks had a great excuse to be last, right? because they had less time than everybody else, but even they came up with more nominations than the trump folks have so far. and then beyond that there's this huge raft of people who have been nominated or appointed positions in the new administration, but they're already gone. they didn't even make it to 100 days. they've already withdrawn their name or quit or been fired.
the nominee for army secretary pulled out. the nominee for labor secretary, he pulled out. the nominee for navy secretary. he pulled out. head of the office of public liaison, then, nope. jason miller was going to be white house communications director. then nope. the nominee for deputy secretary of commerce, todd ricketts, he withdrew his name just last week. monica crowley was going to be national security advisor. nope. k.t. mcfarland did get to be national security adviser for a while but we're told she's soon to be out now for a while. digit adviser, hello, we barely knew you. bye-bye. boris, i have to say it has been a secret delight to me that the white house has had on the communications staff, a russian guy named boris during this whole controversy over the trump campaign's russia connections but boris they let go last month.
even the deputy white house chief of staff. deputy white house chief of staff is a huge job. katie walsh is deputy white house chief of staff. she fled in march as well. and that's not even all of them. there are more. "the washington post" started this week with a rundown of the top 15 trumpists who did not survive the first 100 days. and throughout this week since they published that even into tonight there's more reporting on more people who might be on the way out from the new administration. it is an underappreciated fact of these first 100 days that this administration sheds more than a cold weather dog on a hot summer day. they just shed personnel. but i think all of those people who have quit or been fired or withdrawn their names and there are a ton of them already, all of the washouts, they're all lucky to a certain extent. because you look at their faces right now. any of those like seem particularly famous? not really. right? at least not famous for washing
out. none of them is ever going to be as famous for getting shed from this administration as mike flynn will be. as long as the mike flynn saga continues to unspool, all of those other people can have left the trump administration in the first 100 days in relative obscurity. i mean, mike flynn is just another one of the people who has already gone from this administration. he only made it 24 days, but he's the one who continues to resonate because his story keeps getting bigger and bigger and nbc news has a scoop about him tonight. all right. here it is. on election day, november 8th, "the hill" newspaper in washington, d.c., ran kind of an over-the-top op-ed with michael flynn as the by-line. they published it on election day but it had nothing to do with the u.s. election. it was all about how the u.s.
needed to embrace the authoritarian and increasingly tyrannical government of turkey and we definitely need to extradite a turkish guy who has residency in the united states. election night they published that op ed from soon to be national security adviser mike flynn. and that was really strange. within days, though, people had figured out what was behind that. "the daily caller" just days later -- trump's top military adviser is lobbying for obscure company with ties to turkish government. and then the story got picked up lots of places. trump adviser linked to turkish lobbying retired general michael flynn's lobbying firm. he ran a company that lobbied for foreign clients. the fact that flynn was overseeing a company that was lobbying on behalf of foreign clients at the time he was attending classified briefings seems to complicate the transition. flynn's lobbying work could potentially jeopardize his ability to get cleared as national security advisor.
you would think, right? i mean, you would think. i mean, you can't be known to be on the payroll of a foreign country and get named national security adviser, right? well, in this case you can. this has been one of the unexplained things, one of the things that makes no sense about the mike flynn story. before they named him national security adviser, there were all these reports about him being paid to work on behalf of a foreign government. we also know that on november 18th the trump transition received a letter from congress alerting them to the fact that mike flynn was being paid to work on behalf of a foreign government. we also know that once -- no, twice flynn's own lawyers contacted the trump transition about the fact that he was being paid to work on behalf of a foreign government. in fact, they told the trump transition that flynn might need to register as a foreign agent. we know all of this is true. it's a matter of record. there were multiple,
high-profile, open source reports, news reports on mike flynn being paid to work for a foreign government. that was reported in the right wing news, that was reported in the middle of the road news, it was reported in the beltway news, it was even reported on dumb old cable tv news. it was widely publicly reported that mike flynn was being paid to work for a foreign government. null we also now know that the transition -- in addition to all that news about it, we also now know that congress was notified about it. also now know the transition was notified in private by flynn's lawyers about that fact. so the transition knew this thing about mike flynn working for a foreign government. but for some reason, the head of the trump transition denies he ever heard of it. >> michael flynn has filed with the department of justice as a foreign agent for making more than $500,000 as a lobbyist essentially for turkey. your reaction to that,
considering that, doesn't that mean, mr. vice president, that even if he didn't lie to you about what the russian ambassador said or didn't say that you would have had to fire him anyway? >> let me say, hearing that story today was the first i heard of it. and i fully support the decision the president trump made to ask for general flynn's resignation. >> you're disappointed by the story? >> it's the first i heard of it. >> first i heard of it. that was march. that was march. i mean, mike pence ran the transition. mike pence ran the transition when all of those stories about mike flynn being on the turkish government's payroll were breaking. mike pence was the head of the transition when congress formally notified the head of the transition that mike flynn appeared to be working for a foreign power. mike pence was head of the transition when flynn's own lawyers came and told the transition that flynn was working for a foreign power and he maybe needed to register as a foreign agent.
that all happened when pence was running the transition in november and in december, but they hired mike flynn anyway to be national security adviser. and then after he got fired as national security adviser, then the head of the transition, vice president mike pence says you know, i never heard anything about that. >> let me say, hearing that story today was the first i heard of it. >> no, it's not. that is impossible. and that has long been one of the strange things that just doesn't add up about the mike flynn story. mike pence claiming in march that he had no idea. he ran the transition. they had no idea about mike flynn working for a foreign government. so that's -- for a while we've known that that is part of what doesn't add up about the mike flynn story and the idea that mike pence is some sort of, you know, innocent victim of mike flynn's do you listy. it doesn't make sense with the record and now as of today it's not just mike pence spinning a tale that cannot be true about
mike flynn. now it's also the attorney general of the united states. with yesterday's big news that the defense department inspector general is now investigating flynn for not reporting his payments from foreign governments, the attorney general did a round of interviews today where everybody asked him a version of, oh, my god, how did someone who was on the payroll of a foreign government get through to be national security adviser? did you guys really not know about this? >> he's been part of the white house adviser on the national security issues so we need to do a good job of vetting that. but that's a complex issue and i'm not sure anyone could be expected to find that. >> are you comfortable with the level of vetting that was done? >> well, i'm comfortable that they're working hard to do vetting, but i'm -- it's obvious that oftentimes you don't catch everything that might be a problem. >> well, they work hard on vetting. they do the best they can. it's impossible to know everything. >> these things are not easy to discover if it happened. what happened, i'm not sure it's
impropriety or not. >> what? these things are not easy to discover? it's impossible to know everything. you don't catch everything. i'm not sure anybody could be expected, you know, to find that. nobody could find that. not like it was on the news at the time. and briefed to you officially in writing by congress, and told to you directly by his lawyers. not once, but twice. first the vice president and now the attorney general of the united states are both telling a story about mike flynn about how the white house had no idea about mike flynn. both of them are now telling a story about mike flynn that cannot be true. and now andrea mitchell at nbc news tonight has the scoop that proves that they are not telling the truth about this.
nbc news has learned from sources close to the trump russia investigation that both the trump transition and the white house did do a background check on flynn. this is in addition to his already approved security clearance. they did a background check on flynn specifically for him to become national security adviser. nbc news reports that the vetting of flynn was done, but sources close to the investigation tell nbc that it was done very casually. one person involved tells nbc that the trump transition was aware of flynn's business ties to turkey. they became aware of that shortly after he wrote that election day column about the turkish government and its interests. that, of course, should have raised red flags but they hired him anyway. they knew. and they hired him anyway. and then after they fired him they said, oh, no we had no
idea. why would they lie about that? and why would the president himself and the white house spokesman this week repeatedly insist that actually, no, no, no, they didn't vet mike flynn at all. >> why would you rerun a background check on someone who is the head of the department of defense intelligence agency that had and did maintain a high level security clearance? >> why would we do that? their line on this is that they didn't do a background check on fln. nbc news reports tonight that they did. why lie about that? why say they didn't know about flynn being paid by a foreign government when they did know about it? these four men, the white house spokesman, the attorney general of the united states, the vice president of the united states, the president of the united states, they are all telling a tale about mike flynn about what they knew and when they knew it but they are all telling a tale about flynn that is not true.
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the capital of pyongyang. according to an american official, the administration did have a warning ahead of time about the test. they were watching it closely. the missile test was not successful. it reportedly exploded shortly after launch. had it -- had that missile not exploded, u.s. officials say that they believe this missile was capable of reaching seoul, capable of reaching seoul, the massive, heavily populated capital of south korea. so this is a tense time when it comes to north korea. in particular it's an incredibly tense time for the countries closest to north korea. for south korea and also for japan. it is not at all alleviating to that tension that we now have a new u.s. president who casually says things like this. >> there's a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with north korea. absolutely. >> chance? south korea and japan right now
are literally in the line of fire. they're first in the line of fire should things escalate in that part of the world. and that is of grave concern to us in the united states, because of course south korea and japan are some of our closest allies on earth. and in the midst of that, this very unexpected thing has happened. a very unexpected thing even for this administration, even for this president. in the midst of all this the american president has come out and attacked south korea. huh? in that same reuters interview in which he made those comments about, yeah, maybe we're going to have a major conflict with north korea, he unexpectedly started questioning why the u.s. is even bothering to pay for the missile defense system in south korea. i informed it would be appropriate if they paid. it's phenomenal. shoots missiles out of the sky. so phenomenal that why are we paying for that? you should pay for that.
oh, and by the way, he also said we're tearing up our trade deal with south korea. what? president trump told reuters the free trade deal between u.s. and south korea doesn't cut it anymore. he told them, quote, it's a horrible deal and we're going to renegotiate that deal or terminate it it, quoting reuters here. asked when he would announce his intention to renegotiate the deal. trump said, quote, very soon. i'm announcing it now. very soon. three, two, one. now! i am hereby threatening south korea in the same interview in which i'm warning about a possible military conflict with north korea. just covering all my bases at once. i -- i'm no expert on foreign policy. i'm no expert on, you know, issues with the korean peninsula. i'm no expert on this kind of brinksmanship, but this to me is absolutely flabbergasting.
i would like to speak to an expert on these matters. is this some kind of three-dimensional chess move that naive laymen itdiots like e don't get? if there's an advanced strategy, what is that strategy? why would you start to threaten your ally while you are warning about a conflict with a mutual enemy? why would you take a country and say you're going to potentially have a conflict with them. they're right on the border with one of our closest allies, why would you in that situation start threatening our closest ally like on trade and stuff? how does this work? what's the big thinking here? joining us now is wendy sherman, she served as the north korea policy coordinator under president clinton as well. madame ambassador, really appreciate your time tonight. thank you very much for being with us. >> good to be with you. >> is there a three-dimensional
chess advanced foreign policy understanding that -- or advanced foreign policy approach that makes this make sense? >> well, rachel, you're probably better than i am at reading donald trump's mind because you think about it all the time, but quite frankly, if i try to think about this, perhaps he thinks that since south korea has a presidential election coming up may 9th, and the front-runner doesn't exactly agree with donald trump's north korea policy, mr. moon believes there should be dialogue, he doesn't think the missile defense system should be deployed in south korea, and the south koreans have gotten very, very was in about donald trump's militarized language and upping the ante and escalating this situation, so perhaps donald trump thought, i'll throw a few chips on the table here. i'll tell them they have to pay for thaad, the missile defense system. we'll renegotiate the free trade agreement and then if moon wins
i'll tell them like i told china about trade, we can wipe that all off of the table if you'll do what i want to do on north korea. well, quite frankly, this is no way to treat allies. allies that are hosting nearly 30,000 american troops. by the way, the thaad missile defense system is owned by the united states of america. our commanders really are jealous of where the thaads go. we have very few of them. we don't give it to the highest bidder. we give it to them because it helps protect our national security and the national security of our allies. >> i don't know how to read the president's mind very well. i feel like i can see political dynamics at work, though, a what i expect in terms of how this is going to play in south korea is that this is going to cause among the south korean presidential candidates a contest to see which of them can denounce and take the hardest line against and incite the most anti-american feeling among the
electorate. this is likely to turn south korean politics harshly in an anti-american direction, as far as i can predict. and just the issue alone of the 30,000 american troops that are there, that seems to me kind of a scary and unpredictable place to be. >> absolutely. i think it will have exactly the opposite effect to what president trump may have been thinking he was doing here. it will have quite a counterreaction. and we aus have to remind ourselves that this is a very complicated part of the world. south korea now has its number one trading relationship, its business, economic ties are very much with china. and they need to and want to maintain that strong alliance. they are going to end up being another chip between us in our relationship with china as the president's trying to press china to do the right thing where north korea is concerned. and we heard in the meeting that secretary tillerson had with the
u.n. security council that foreign minister said all of this isesque laer to language is not helpful we need to get back to dialog. >> thank you very much for being with us. former secretary of state for political affairs in the obama clinton administration. i hope that you don't mind staying up late to be on cable tv talking about these matters because i'd like to talk to you about these matters a lot more in the future, ma'am. >> be glad to. thank you, rachel. >> thank you. much more ahead. busy friday night. stay with us.
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waterkeeper, he is trying to win a spot on that call. if he gets like walk under ladders lucky, he will not only be among the lucky 150 people who are allowed to listen in on that call, he'll be even part of the smaller group who get a minute or two to speak. so, good luck, peter harrison, environmental lawyer at waterkeeper. golden ticket. pulling for you. we have been tracking on this show the federal response to one of trump's executive orders. it's the one where he told federal agencies to overhaul regulations. you might remember, he gave the pen after he signed it, to the ceo of dow chemical who was standing there while he signed it. personal thank you to the ceo of dow chemical. as part of our reporting on this, we obtained internal memos from epa ph.d. minimum strart scott pruitt calling for recommendation if his staff on which regulations should go. they're supposed to report back by may 15th and includes getting
public comment. public comment from anybody who thinks their water is too clean. as that deadline approaches we're starting to see how the agency intends to get this potentially huge nation changing job done. in the case of epa safeguards for water, for example, they have created a message board where you can leave them a note. make sure you have your supporting data and federal regulation codes handy. if you happen to be a member of a state or local water agency, then you've got a meeting with the epa this week. or you could sign up for this public listening session, which is this conference call thing slated for tuesday. or, perhaps, 80 people nationwide will be able to speak for maybe one or two minute. there's also a web conference along with the call which can fit 1,000 people. you can also leave a written comment. just have your register citation handy and hope you get in. the head of the epa insists they
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february 2003 vladimir putin had been president for about three years. he was nearing the end of his first term. he decided to summon a bunch of russia's biggest men. the oligarchs. decided to summon them all for a big, big meeting. the meeting, surprisingly, was open to the media. the wealthiest man in russia at the time was this man. he was the head of russia's largest oil company. and he was planning for kind of a showdown with putin at that meeting. he went to that meeting with a powerpoint presentation in hand to talk about corruption in russia and how it cost the russian economy more than $30 billion a year. he made his criticisms. he did so publicly with the cameras rolling. you can imagine that that did not sit well with president putin. that was february 2003. by october of that year, he was
arrested. >> the richest man in russia, one of the richest men in the world is behind bars tonight. the head of russia's largest oil company was arrested by police when his jet stopped in siberia today. he's accused of fraud and tax evasion. he's considered a political opponent of russian president vladimir putin. >> it did not stop there though with his arrest. he had started using his vast fortune to fund and lead an opposition effort against putin. and so not only did putin have him arrested again and thrown in jail, he also took his company. >> reporter: with a blow of the gavel, a russian auctioneer succeeded on sunday in dismembering russia's foremost private oil company. the auction of the corporation's biggest subsidiary. president vladimir putin has cracked down on the freedom of the press and eliminated several local elections and now is
staring down some of the country's biggest private companies. top of his list is russia's richest man and the founder of ucos. he's been in jail for more than a year facing tax fraud charges and the company has been slapped with its own $28 billion tax bill analys say the auction was ordered to clip his wings. >> putin arrested th billionaire who opposed him, seized his cpany, gave it away for pennies to the kremlin owned oil company, rosneft. he went on to spend a decade in jail. he was finally let out in 2013. he now lives in exile. that is one relatively famous story of what happens when you oppose vladimir putin. this is also an increasingly famous story of what happens when you oppose vladimir putin. he's the highest profile opposition politician in russia right now. he's planning on challenging putin for the presidency next year and yesterday someone attacked him with some green
chem, an antiseptic chemical outside of his offices in moscow. he was hospitalized. the attack was bad. it got in his eye, look at his eye there on the left side of your screen there. his pupil and his cornea are green, and this is not the first time he's been attacked in this specific way. he was attacked with the same chemical back in march. this is the kind of thing that happens when you oppose vladimir putin. here's another example. this is a former journalist, kremlin critic, opposition party figure. two years ago in 2015 he was poiched. he very nearly died. he went into a coma. he suffered multiple organ failure. he barely survived but he survived. and then it happened again in february. he was back in russia promoting a documentary on one of his colleagues, another putin critic, one who was gunned down, shot to death, just outside red square. and suddenly he got ill, fell into a coma. doctors say he seemed to have
ingested what they are calling an unidentified toxic substance. he was in and out of a coma but again, he made it. he's now the vice chairman of the russian prodemocracy group which is called open russia and this weekend they have big protests planned throughout russia. democracy, pro-democracy, anti-putin protests. they are calling people to take to the streets tomorrow to, quote, express their dissatisfaction with putin. and not at all by coincidence the kremlin has decided to take action against them this week. the kremlin banned open russia as a movement in that country claiming that their activities are destabilizing to the russian state. yesterday their offices were raided by camouflage clad police. russian officials also arrested one of the group's leaders. but get this, open russia's response to these threats and attacks? this has been their response. quo quote, see you on april 29th. see you tomorrow at those
nationwide protests. these folks are nothing if not brave. joining us now here tonight is slad measure, chairman of open russia, an international russian proceed-democracy movement. thank you for being here. >> thank you for having me. it's great to be here. i really mean that when i say that. >> from your perspective, its great to be anywhere. let me ask you, apparently having been poisoned twice, how is your health? >> well, it's getting on. last time it took me more than a year. now it's only been 2 1/2 months so i'm expecting this to be a long road ahead and, frank lishgs you know, they're not getting rid of us. doctors estimated my chances of survival at about 5%. that's what they told my wife when i was in coma but i do have those 5% and i'm here. i'm grateful for that. many of our friends and colleagues did not have the 5% chance. boris them nemsov did not have that chance when they put five
bullets in his back on that bridge. many people independent journalists, whistle-blowers, opposition activists lost their lives in one way or another since vladimir putin came to power 17 years ago. so we have known for a long time that it's dangerous location to be in opposition to putin's regime. we think we deserve better and we think we want change and we have to kind of count on what we're doing. whatever the threats, whatever the intimidation, whatever the arrests or the killings, it's our country and we're not giving up. >> how much of an act of bravery will it be tomorrow for ordinary russian citizens to come out and demonstrate in moscow and in other cities where these protests are planned? >> it would be very bishgs i would say, even though russian constitution guarantees freedom of assembly or supposed to guarantee, of course all these political freedoms have just been nice words written on paper for many years under vladimir putin. for example, the last time when
big nationwide protests happened, just a few weeks ago, end of march, when tens of thousands of people went to the streets across russia in 84 different towns, large and small, they stopped us to say no so vladimir putin and his corruption and thorn terynism and sheer arrogance of that one man who's been in power for 17 years and does not have the intention of going away. last time it happened, more than 1,000 people -- in fact, more than 1500 people arrested on just that one day. the last big wave of protests before that which was after they rigged elections in 2011, there are still people who are? jail today for going out to those demonstrations in the beginning of 2012. so, it does take courage. again, it's our country. if we believe in it, we have to do something about it. and i have no doubt that many of our colleagues will be on the streets tomorrow. it's a nationwide campaign organized by the open russia movement across the country in many regions. and there's going to be just one
message of that campaign and that message is, enough. because there is now an entire generation of russians, just think about it, who have no memory of any other government than vladimir putin. you have had four presidents in the last 17 years. we've just had that one guy. and we've not just had the guy, but we also had censorship in the media. we've had mammoth corruption. we've had the absence of free and fair elections and just the basic freedoms that people in other countries take for granted. and increasingly, russian, especially young russians, especially the new generation, the young generation is having enough of it. and they're willing to come out to the streets and say no. because going to the streets is the only way you can protest against the regime now because we don't have free elections so you can't really vote against him or if you do your votes will not be counted. there is no large-scale independent media you can voice your opinions in. all you can do is go out to the streets. i think many, many people will do just that tomorrow. >> what you're talking about there in terms of -- its not
even the sustainability, it's the viability of opposition, about the viability of any potential alternative emerging to putin. obviously he has tried to create and has explicitly basically charged that there is no alternative to him. and he has done everything possible to make that reality, whether it's turning parliament into a rubber stamp, whether it's getting rid of media, whether it's attacking and killing off opposition protesters. even just the recent arrests that you were talking about, we saw the offices of alexei navalny's organization get ransack and have all their computers and paperwork and staff getting arrested. open russia getting banned this week. the raid on your offices there this week. i mean, how do you maintain any sort of omen item, any sort of organizing structure against that? >> well, i mean, the other side, if you just look at it formally, the other side does have a massive advantage. they have all the so-called law enforcement agencies. they have the entire propaganda machine. they have the whole power of the
state on their side. but what we have i think is something much more important, and that is the truth. and that increasing realization among the people, especially the young people, this new generation, the people who we saw on the streets of russia the end of march and the people who we will see on the streets again tomorrow are predominantly young people, college kids, high school students in many cases. people who have not seen anything else except putin, who have watched the same face on their television screens for their entire lives. and they are fed up with it. it happened so many times in russian history. i'm old enough -- unlike those people who are going to protest tomorrow, i'm old now remember august 1991. the three days that ended the soviet regime. and the people behind the coup d'etat attempt. they had everything, the arm, the government, the propaganda, and, of course, they had the tanks which they sent into central moscow to try quash those freedoms that were beginning to come about.
and the people who said no to that coup, they had nothing. all they had was their own dignity and their determination to defend their freedom and to prevent a return to the bad old days. and they went into the streets and stood in front of the tanks in the tens and hundreds of thousands and the tanks stopped and turned away. so it's been done many times before. i'm sure it can be done again. vladimir kara-murza is the vice-chairman of open russia, a pro-democracy movement. we'll be watching what happens tomorrow. good luck to you. >> thank you. >> we'll be right back. what's the best way to get
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best new thing in the world. we haven't had one in so long. all right. you ready? here we go. we're going to start with a shout out to the thing that kept me sane during the 2016 election, which was bad lip reading. >> i wanted, you know, i just wanted regular potatoes. but guess what? so did other people. >> i want itted the most -- >> you just froze a baby. >> i did not. >> you just froze a baby. genital warts, you touched a genital wart. you can't touch it. >> hey, hey. >> this piece goes over here. it's part of the tree. >> carson. >> aghh! >> i have a glass child they call the kid little bong-bong. but we have one in a cave and i peek at them because it's not a real one. >> you got to love bernie boy. he's crazy. haaa. >> help. mmm, i'm going barf. >> i pretend i like you.
but i hate you inside. >> you're a creep. >> i think you're old like dirt. >> the guy's the boss, you know, so -- >> just remember who brought you here. >> thank you, my prince. >> a lot of work goes into bad lip reading. sometimes have to wait a long while before the next one comes out. manna from heaven. there was a moment today when we we thought we had discovered a new previously unseen bad lip reading video. we thought we had found it in the wild. >> a tsunami, how they do the skinny rita, the all fruits that they smash up. >> i wanted to bark at you the way i get barked at. >> taqueria tsunami. i get barked at skinny rita. other than the fact that we clearly don't know who those people are, that clearly is a bad lip reading classic, right? you'd think. but it's not. it turns out that is video of karen handel, the republican candidate in georgia's special election for congress.
now, we've seen politicians do a version of this before. they record these violently awkward long videos of themselves smiling or working or appearing to talk to people. and then they just leave the videos out there on the internet so super pacs can come along and grab up that footage and use it in commercials. politicians do this now. but in the case of poor karen handel running against jon ossoff, in the case of poor karen handel, they forgot to mute the sound. >> okay. one more time and look up and give me a big smile. you kind of fall off the smile. and action. >> and action. >> action. >> i'm just trying to think what i want to order you to do. >> she puts it in my mirrors and they have to wait for it to dry.
all right, hold steady, hold steady. pow! i felt like somebody had slapped the back of my head. >> oh, okay. now i have to sip my coffee. >> now i have to sip my coffee. honestly, now that the world knows karen handel is talking about margaritas and nose hair waxing, can a super pac still make an ad using these videos? it's ruined knowing they're talking about the fallen off the smile. we don't know. i don't know. but i could watch this thing all day. i actually did watch this all day. and i'm quite sure that karen handel's b-roll with the volume all the way up, at least for those who cover politics all day, this was definitely the best new thing in the world. >> what you doing? it's a good thing i didn't go in the drawer and get my gun, i might have shot the guy. >> then you have to drag him out of the house. >> i realized -- is there audio? >> yeah, there is audio.
>> yeah, yeah, there's audio, for the whole long stretch of it. it is hard to drag the guy out of the house after you shoot him, right? it's the most inconvenient thing that does it for us tonight. we will see you again monday. "msnbc live" is next. good morning. i'm thomas roberts. our d.c. bureau. it is 7:00 a.m. in the east, 4:00 a.m. in the west. as the clock strikes day 100 on the trump administration, so much to talk about with the president expected to celebrate this day at a rally later in pennsylvania. he's making headlines with a series of new interviews, including a self-assessment. >> i don't think anybody has ever done this much in 100 days. >> some of the president's other remarks turning heads, including ones about health care, russia and his life before the white house. all of this as congress avoids a government shutdown, but it's or